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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,098 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak.

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

The virus turns Brian’s
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

A pretty SICK zombie book. A jaw hangs loose from its skull, a fist-sized hole in a throat gapes wide, facial skin slides away from the bone and kids go and be like cannibalistic lawn mowers while corpses of students litter the sidewalk. This is how graphic it gets and it was quite entertaining especially with the easy to read, funny at many places writing amplified by the pages of the book blotted out with blood-like splatters at their edges. It’s quite creative and it certainly achieved its ve
this is a fairly forgettable YA zombie novel from where i am standing in my old-lady shoes, but i think it is one that that its audience will appreciate. i can see young "reluctant reader" males getting something from it that i, supersaturated with zombie exposure, did not.

here are the book's pros:

interesting zombies:

they are speedy in that "new millennial zombie" way, and they aren't all reanimated corpses; they are ultra-strong and unusually-shaped, and… sparkly. like edward, i guess, but le
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm going to warn you right off the bat that this review is probably biased and emotionally skewed.
And it's all because of my youngest daughter.
Why would a book about teenagers running around during the Zombie Apocalypse have anything to do with my 5 year old?
I'll get to it...

So this kid Brian is sort of a slacker, but not in a bad way. Just, you know, in the regular loveable slacker kind of way. He's recently broken up with his longtime girlfriend, mainly because she's got some issues that he'
Rachel Maniacup
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
When my little sister got her new books including this..she said this one's about zombies,and I was like,"Yay! I want that,I want that! I'm gonna read that!". And seeing the title made me more excited to read this book,wondering how sick this could be,especially when this is my first of Tom Leveen.

So yes,this is a story of teenagers who got stuck in their school in a zombie apocalypse..If you want to know how and when it started,you've got to read this book! The strange thing is that,they're not
Am I supposed to say thank you to netgalley and let people know that I got the book for free to read? I know everyone does this. In the interest of full disclosure I guess I should mention it, too. I guess I should also mention that almost every book I've read recently has been a free book I've gotten directly or indirectly from a publisher and that I kind of only want to read ARC's anymore because I'm too lazy to spend the minute it takes to sign in a non-ARC into work.

So disclosure said. I sh
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I had been longing to read Sick ever since I saw that it was being marketed as "Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead". Sick was even one of my "Waiting On Wednesday" picks in July and I was dying to read it. Sick just might be my most disappointing book of 2013 by a long shot.

Don't believe Sick's description at all, the marketing for this book is built on false pretenses. When I read "Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead", I shou
Kimberley doruyter
makes you scared to go to school.
kinda wanna know how other people got throught that crap.
and how did it all start.
would really read a sequel/prequel if there ever came one.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Not the best zombie book I've read but most certainly not the worst. It did have it's moments. It's marketed as a young adult novel so it did come across sometimes as juvenile but I still likey it. Plus it did have zombies in it.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombie

3.5 Stars

Sick by Tom Leveen is one hell of a seething, drooling, bone crunching tale packed with suspense! A quick jolt to the system with humor, action, and gore. I had to keep reading! Had to know, had to find out!

Readers are introduced to a small band of kids and friends that roam the hallways of Phoenix Metro High School. The typical jocks rule the school attitude prevails with a few side pockets of fun and mischief. But our story focuses around Brian and his best friend Chad, who appear to
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Sick by Tom Leveen is an unconventional zombie read that is getting some backlash on Goodreads for a few of the characters’ comments and behaviors. I’m going to state this from the get-go, just so my opinion is clear: I do not think Leveen’s intent was to be unknowingly racist or for his writing to be portrayed as one of a bigot. His book’s “heroes” are in fact anti-heroes, which are
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
"The parking lot is a killing field."

This book is a mixed bag for me. While it was a fun read, I can't claim that it was anything special.

There are minor spoilers in this review.

Sick features a cast of highschoolers who are suddenly all getting "sick." At first they think it's just a flu until their flesh start falling off and they go on a murderous rampage, eating everyone in sight. Our protagonist, Brian, is stuck at the school with his best friend Chad in the drama room with a bunch of o
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {merry wanderer of the night}
The fence around Phoenix Metro High is for the students' protection. But it also keeps them trapped-
Unless you're in with Brian and his friends, who know how to break out better than anyone.

November of senior year.
No matter what Brian and his friends do now, what they do and who they are, here in high school, it won't matter six months from now. Six months from now they'll all be off- Brian at college, white trash punk rocker Chad in the Marines of all places.
So none of this matters.
Which is go
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SICK by Tom Leveen This is a one-sitting read. SICK is fast paced and action packed. I LOVE Brian and his tough, mohawk wearing best friend, Chad. After a virus spreads through their town, they end up stuck in the theater department with a few of their classmates.  The main problem is staying away from the very violent killers outside of their portion of the school. The second problem is, Brian is separated from his younger sister and girlfriend, Laura.
We see a TON of violence as Brian and Chad
Charley Cook
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
When I started this book I was hoping for The Walking Dead meets The Breakfast Club but yeah, it definitely isn't that. Sure this book is good, it has unique 'zombies' (more like mutant monsters) and the action scenes are pretty damn gross and cool at the same time. Unfortunately I felt very little connection to the characters, Brain was an 'okay' commentator for the book and told the story nicely but I didn't feel like I really cared about what he cared about. His ex-girlfriend Laura has a seve ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalypse, zombies
An awesome zombie novel, with a unique spin!!! I really like Leveen's approach to detailing the events that happen during an outbreak of an infection that turns people into zombies. The details of the infections: it's causes, affects, and how it is spread are also really well done and heighten the intensity of the novel. The setting is great and the characters are relatable-- especially as they deal with the moral dilemma of do you kill or immobilize your friends that have turned into monsters? ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every bit of this book. It was a quick read for me. Quick and awesome, just what I needed after being disappointed with ACOWAR. Maybe I was already in the mood for zombies, but this book was great. Its fast paced and had just enough suspense that kept me wanting more. I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters, which I think helped me to not be too invested in where the story was going, but was instead pleasantly entertained throughout the whole book.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
more like a 4.5
Ben Alderson
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Book Review
Title: Sick

Author: Tom Leveen

Genre: Zombie/Horror/Apocalyptic

Rating: *****

Review: The first thing I noticed while flicking through this novel is that the whole story is told over the course of one day which I found really unique in other zombie novels I have read the story is set usually over weeks so to see a story that just deals with initial chaos which was a very unique setting and I haven’t read a lot of books like this. The opening chapter introduces us to the majority of the ma
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing


This book was so so, don't even have the words.

It just made me think of what I would do on that kind of situation and I honestly think I would break down or raise hell and kill those (you'll have to read the book to find out).

CAUTION: Don't read at night
Colin Hooley
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sick by Tom Leveen is an action-packed zombie book centered on several mischievous high schoolers. Everything in the story seemed normal at first- the main characters cut class, the readers got a feel for rowdy high schooler's personalities, and the romance interests were introduced- and then the zombie apocalypse strikes. The contagious zombie disease spreads and eventually reaches the main character's high school. Among all the chaos and confusion, the unruly individuals fight for their lives, ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from RiffleYA in a giveaway. It was a free, uncorrected proof.

I wouldn't call this a "zombie" book. They're zombie-like but they're not corpses that came back from the dead.

The synopsis on Goodreads, I feel, does a disservice to the book, mainly the "Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak." tidbit. I'm a fan of both The Walking Dead and Breakfast Club and both, I feel, are pretty hard standards to live up to.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
(This is rounded up for the book's appeal to a certain kind of YA uber-reluctant reader .e-ARC provided for review purposes from NetGalley)

I wanted to like Sick, wanted it to slake my zombie thirst, the survival genre hunger that many of us have rumbling in our guts, especially the last year or two. What do I feel like eating tonight? Putrid undead flesh and human resourcefulness fueled by unbridled fear. Sadly, Sick did not sit well with me.

On an ordinary Tuesday in November, semi-slacker Brian
Melissa Wehunt
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall, I liked it. Not overwhelmingly so, but not too bad.


1. Zombies. Who doesn't like zombies? And these were fast, scary zombies. Even if the author has his characters hesistate to call them that, thats what they are.

2. Fast paced/Easy read. I couldn't read this in one sitting because I can never pull that off. But it wouldn't surprise me if many people could. And even though the story wasn't totally awesome, it was fast paced and interesting enough to keep me reading. And that says
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Action-packed and brutal, Sick is the archetype of young-adult zombie fiction with an intelligent background.

What would you do when one of your schoolmates all of a sudden starts nomming your drama teacher? The world has turned upside down for Brian and his friends, when an infection gets on the loose inside their fenced-in school. It turns innocent drama geeks into hunched-over monsters with no concern for their own safety, and Brian is stuck in the middle, his sister and girlfriend on campus s
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zombies are one of my favourite monsters. There is just something so deliciously creepy about them, they properly freak me out. The best way I have found to combat this particular fear? Read as many zombie novels as I possibly can, I’ve opted for the kill or cure approach. I’m always on the lookout for a new interpretation of this particular mythology. Zombies in high school? Hell, why not.

The cast of characters in Sick include your usual high school geeks and goofballs. Everyone from the cheerl
Megan (The Book Babe)
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sick was kind of a weird read for me. I went into it expecting this awesome, kick-ass crew of people fighting terrifying zombies that are in lockdown with them. But I didn't really get that, to tell you the truth. While there was zombies, and there was a group of people fighting them, most of the story centers around Brian and his problems with that. I felt like Chad (my personal favorite) would have been a better main character, because he was enlisting, and it seemed like he was doing a lot o ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: form-1
In the novel Sick, the author Tom Leveen wants to show that in the face of danger sometimes one is more concerned about someone else, which may end up saving him as well. The reader can assume that Tom Leveen is someone who believes in putting other people before himself. In this book the protagonist is a boy named Brian, a senior at Phenix Metro High School. Brian and his friends are used to jumping the fence surrounding the school because they regularly ditch class, or go home for lunch. One d ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, read-in-2015
So disappointed.

I was so excited for this book because apocalypse books are my favourite and it's Halloween time so I thought this would be perfect but nope. Not at all. I was wrong.

A lot of the characters were so problematic for me and I felt like Brian the main character didn't exactly have your standard 'character development' because on one page he was like this badass, tough kid who didn't stick by the rules and then his personality kind of changed within a couple of pages and he was super
Maddy Shornak
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I think Sick by Tom Leveen is 3 stars. Personally I liked the book but I didn't love it. I thought it was a fun book to read I just thought it took a long time for problems to be solved and it was to spacey. Basically the book starts at a Middle School nicknamed PMS. The school has lots of security and fences due to previous security issues. A boy named Brian and his friends regularly skip school and hop the tall fences during lunch. Brian and his friends are trouble makers and they are not part ...more
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Tom Leveen is the author of nine novels with imprints of Random House, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, and more. He has written with Todd McFarlane on SPAWN, the comic book series, and released five independent books.

Recently an early literacy specialist with Phoenix Public Library, Tom has nine years of previous library work experience. He also has 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and di
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